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Pickering Interfaces Announces New Switching Modules at AUTOTEST in St. Louis

Sep 16, 2014

PXI Signal Insertion and Monitor Matrix (40-525A).

PXI Signal Insertion and Monitor Matrix (40-525A).

PXI Large Matrix BRIC Update (40-565B).

PXI Large Matrix BRIC Update (40-565B).

PXI Microwave Multiplexer Update (40-785B).

PXI Microwave Multiplexer Update (40-785B).

LXI High-Density Matrix (60-553).

LXI High-Density Matrix (60-553).

Pickering Interfaces, a leading provider of modular signal switching and instrumentation for use in electronic test and simulation, is excited to announce the launch of four new switching modules at AUTOTEST 2014. These products include a new PXI signal insertion and monitor matrix, and updates to their PXI microwave multiplexers, PXI high-density large matrix BRIC™ range and PXI fault insertion switches.

Test Engineers continue to request more choice, higher density and additional features in switching,” noted Keith Moore, Managing Director at Pickering Interfaces. “We consistently invest heavily in R&D in order to provide the right amount of switching to meet our customers needs – we have introduced over 20 new and updated LXI, PCI and PXI switching products in the last year alone.

The new PXI Signal Insertion and Monitor Matrix (40-525A) - a 34x4 matrix with both switched and direct connection paths to the X and Y-axis. This matrix permits test signals to pass thru the switched X-axis to the unit under test (UUT) on the direct X connection, the switch allowing each thru path to be opened to disconnect the stimulus signal.  The direct Y-axis to the matrix allows the user to monitor the signals with test equipment, such as an oscilloscope or DMM, the matrix allowing the test equipment to connect to any of the 34 thru connections. The switched Y connections can be used to inject alternative test signals into the UUT or to apply faults to the thru connection such as shorts to ground or to a supply voltage. The matrix also allows thru paths to be expanded using additional modules and a 16x4 version is offered for applications requiring lower numbers of thru paths.

The 40-525A signal insertion and monitor matrix uses electro-mechanical relays that are capable of switching currents up to 2A and voltages of up to 300VDC or 250VAC. User connections are provided on an easy to use 78-way D-type connector which is fully supported by Pickering Interfaces range of connector accessories.

The PXI Large Matrix BRIC Update (40-565B) - now with 20% density improvement over previous models, these high-density large matrix modules are able to switch up to 2 Amps at 200VDC/140VAC. These PXI matrix BRIC modules are available in 2, 4, or 8-slot PXI sizes for most high performance PXI matrix requirements. With this high level of switching density, these BRIC matrix modules allow a complete functional ATE system to be housed in a single 3U PXI chassis.

Also available on these matrix modules is Pickering’s Built-In-Relay-Self-Test (BIRST) tool. BIRST provides a quick and simple way of finding relay failures within the BRIC module.

The PXI Microwave Multiplexer Update (40-785B) - now featuring LED indicators to aid in test system development and debugging, these are single or dual 6-channel multiplexers with relays mounted on the front panel. These multiplexers are designed for switching 50Ω signals up to 40GHz. The single slot version can support up to three remotely mounted multiplexers.

The 40-785B microwave multiplexer range is compatible with any PXI chassis and can be fitted to PXI hybrid slots in a PXIe chassis. It can also be used in Pickering Interfaces LXI Modular chassis’ for users preferring control via an Ethernet port.

Pickering will also be showcasing in their booth, the soon to be released LXI High-Density Matrix (60-553) - a 1024x4 dual bus 1-pole matrix in a compact 1U full rack width enclosure. This matrix has been designed specifically to support high relay closure counts to optimize its use with a digital multi-meter (DMM) or source meter for checking for insulation problems between a single contact and all other contacts in the unit under test (UUT), requiring the closure of at least 1024 cross point relays.

The 60-553 LXI matrix has been designed with a dual bus arrangement that allows the matrix to be divided into two smaller independent matrices, for example two matrices of 512x4. The dual bus design features isolation relays, this also allows sub matrices to be isolated from the main matrix when there are no closures on that sub matrix, minimizing capacitive loading and maximizing bandwidth of the matrix. They can also be linked together to form larger matrices by cables and can be supplied as partially populated models ranging from 256x4 in increments of 128x4.

Also available on these matrix modules is Pickering’s Built-In-Relay-Self-Test (BIRST) tool. BIRST provides a quick and simple way of finding relay failures within the BRIC module.

Pickering Interfaces stands behind all of their manufactured products with a standard three-year warranty and guaranteed long-term product support. Pricing and availability information is supplied on their web site at www.pickeringtest.com.

Pickering will also have copies of the new 5th edition of their PXImate book available at their booth. The PXimate is an 86-page book that provides an overview of the PXI standard along with useful information about the technology behind the PXI switching and instrumentation modules a typical chassis can contain.

All of these new and upgraded switching modules will be showcased at AUTOTEST in Booth 708, September 16 - 18 at the St. Louis Convention Center in St. Louis, MO. For more information on AUTOTEST, go to www.ieee-autotest.com.


Pickering Interfaces designs and manufactures modular signal switching and instrumentation for use in electronic test and simulation. We offer the largest range of switching cards in the industry for PXI, LXI, PCI and GPIB applications as well as a full range of supporting cables and connectors. Pickering Interfaces’ products are specified in test systems installed throughout the world and have a reputation for providing excellent reliability and value. Pickering Interfaces operates globally with direct operations in the US, UK, Germany, Sweden, France, Czech Republic, and engineering support in China, together with additional representation in countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. We currently serve the automotive, aerospace & defense, power generation, energy and commercial electronics industries. For more information on signal switching and conditioning products or sales contacts please visit www.pickeringtest.com.

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